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    Sale 7589

    Sporting Art

    23 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 134

    Hubert de Watrigant (b.1954)


    Price Realised  


    Hubert de Watrigant (b.1954)
    signed 'Watrigant' (lower centre)
    mixed media
    30¾ x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm.)

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    Hubert de Watrigant was born and brought up in South West France where his father bred and trained racehorses. As a child he would sketch horse's in his family stables. He held his first one man exhibition at Maisons-Lafitte. In 1977 he entered Les Sept Collines de Rome exhibition and won first prize.

    Works by de Watrigant are in numerous private and public collections in England, Japan and the Emirates, including royal housholds and leading connoisseurs of equestrian art, including Baron Guy de Rothschild, the late Stavros Niarchos and the late Daniel Wildenstein. In America he has been commissioned by a number of stud farms including Spendthrift Farm, Gainesway and Calumet.

    De Watrigant uses a wide range of materials including charcoal, pastels, watercolour and oils and works on many different surfaces. His draughtsmanship is outstanding and he has a remarkable ability to capture both the ambience of his subjects and the drama of a fleeting moment.

    Influences on de Watrigant's work include Delacroix, Géricault, and principally, René Princeteau, the first teacher of Toulouse-Lautrec, who de Watrigant admires for his fine draughtsmanship.

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